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Dare Rudd and Dinkey Hooley, roaming cowhands, drift into Montana, where they meet Dare's cousin, Tom Fillmore, cattleman and banker. Tom offers them jobs but they pass, until Dare sees Tom's sweetheart, Judy Worstall and decides to take the job. He is put in charge of a cattle drive, replacing ranch-foreman Lynn Hardy, who is in cahoots with Bart Hammond, rustler. Dare delivers the cattle to the railhead and is about to return when he is persuaded into a poker game by Buck Brady, a crooked gambler. Dare is almost cleaned out when Tom appears and takes a hand and discovers the dealer is switching decks. Written by
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Re-titled 'Hell Town' by Favorite Films for its 1950 re-release, this film was often shown in tandem with the re-release of The Thundering Herd (1933), re-titled 'Buffalo Stampede'. See more »
As Tom tells Lyn that Dare is the new manager, the portrait of George Washington on the wall behind, appears and disappears between shots. See more »
[after losing a fistfight, Dare and his friends are thrown out of the casino]
Guess that'll teach that fella to draw any aces out of sleeve.
Aw, why don't you quit playin' cards? You always wind up loosin' your shirt or get one torn off your back.
I whipped him didn't I?
Hah! That's what you think! It's a good thing I stepped in when I did or you'd get yourself a black eye.
[Dare turns to the camera revealing a black eye]
Yeah? I'm beginning to think Wyoming isn't such a friendly place.
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*This review is based on the re-release of the film under the title, Hell Town*
Drifter Dare and his friend Dink travel to Wyoming to see Dare's cousin, Tom Fillmore, banker and president of the cattleman's association. A large number of herd are being rustled in the area, headed by saloon and casino owner Bart Hammond. Tom gives Dare a chance to earn an honest living (Dare bills himself as the greatest poker player west of the Mississippi, while Dink sells lightning rods as part of a payment scam) by working on his next cattle drive. Dare accepts, mostly to impress Tom's sweetheart Judy. After failing to lure Dare into working for him, Hammond has a few of his men sent to sabotage the trail drive, including herd boss Lyn (who lost his job to Dare, and regulated to a hand working the drive). When that fails, Hammond, along with card shark Brady, lures Dare into a crooked poker game, getting the money that Dare earned for the drive. Will Dare leave the game before its too late, or will Tom have to bail his cousin out of this jam somehow? Very good movie, with an excellent cast. Wayne seems to carry most of the film, seeming odd that Brown was an established B western draw, and he could have gotten more scenes in the film. Same goes for Monte Blue who just seemed to pop in and out as the villain Hammond. A bit too much of stock footage for me, but there are plenty of good scenes, and the poker game at the end is on heck of a scene, with plenty of suspense. Rating, based on B-westerns, 9.
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